In case you forgot, Zach Greinke is pretty good. After giving up a random Giancarlo Stanton bomb in the first inning, he sat down every other Marlin but two. In fact, the Dodgers have enjoyed winning Greinke starts since July 25th. During this run, he’s lowered his ERA a half point and allowed just five runs. Los Angeles pitching has turned what seemed to be a promising series full of narratives (Puig/Fernandez, Giancarlo’s struggles/Brian Wilson) into a boring pummel. Things don’t get easier for the Marlins tonight as they face NL Cy Young contender Clayton Kershaw.
With Giancarlo back to mashing hilarious dingers again, he and Logan Morrison have put the offensive load on their shoulders. Sure, the offense isn’t very intimidating, it’s all there’s.
Clark Spencer at the Miami Herald put together a mish-mosh of discussions ranging from Yasiel Puig to Cuban defector Jose Abreu. It’s a nice summation of the recent Marlin activity that doesn’t mention Alex Rodriguez once. Not even once!
Jose making case as one of MLB’s best | Fish Pond
Jose Fernandez is great for his age, but how does he stack up against the league’s best? Joe Frisaro at the Fish Pond compares Jose Fernandez’s stats to the likes of Kershaw and David Price, and they’re pretty encouraging.
The trivial discussion on Yasiel Puig’s performance that doesn’t include a triple slash has finally spread into South Florida and it follows the strange pattern of writers seemingly being mad that Puig has fun while kicking ass. One interesting note from this read is that Puig apparently parties with fellow athletic freak of nature LeBron James.
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Daniel Zylberkan uses Hanley Ramirez’s return to muse on the playoff success that never came with a modern superstar.
Jose Fernandez has rejuvenated Marlins fans for the time being, as the Miami faithful haven’t had too much to look forward to during this 48-77 season. It’s no wonder they would like to savor out his 2013 tenure.
Placido Estevez proposed a Marlins/Cardinals trade involving Giancarlo Stanton.